Over the course of our 17 years serving Ottawa’s renovation needs, we’ve done quite a bit of work building and renovating fences, for both residential and commercial properties. Fences can be a great addition to any property. Not only can they increase security around your home, they can also provide privacy for those long summer days on the patio, reduce noise pollution and help to create a safe space for your young children and pets.
If you live in a home which already has a fence, you’re well aware of its benefits. It’s important to engage in some periodic maintenance of your fences to ensure they stay standing for years to come. Proper maintenance will help your fences stand tall for years to come. With that in mind, here are some tips for keeping your fences in tip-top shape.
Survey Winter Damage
In Canada, we deal with extreme winter conditions that put a remarkable amount of stress on our fences, especially those made of wood. Now that the deep freeze is over, grab a hammer, screwdriver and some WD-40 and give the length of your fence a detailed inspection. Look for rusted latches around your gates that could use a shot of WD-40, screws or nails that have come loose and need to be replaced and pay special attention around the pickets to make sure there are no signs of rot.
Wash it Down
After a long winter, your fence may not be looking its best. You’ll be surprised by the amount of gunk, dust, mildew and other debris that can be coated on your fence. If you have a pressure washer, use it to spray clean the the debris. Short of that, good old fashioned elbow grease along with a sponge and some soapy water should do the trick.
Consider painting or staining your fence. When selecting your paint or stainer, look for UV resistant types that will help protect your fence from the sun’s harmful rays. If you decide to paint your fence, a best practice is to prime your wood beforehand. A good primer can add years to your fence’s lifespan, saving you money and increasing the value of your home. After you’ve applied your primer, allow it to dry completely before applying your paint. When painting, we suggest you use a brush or a roller to apply the paint as opposed to spraying, which can be difficult to apply consistently. Start by painting the top of your fence and work your way down. Use a piece of cardboard at the base of your fence so that you can quickly paint the bottom without worrying about painting your grass or mixing mud into your paint.
A well maintained fence is something you can take pride in and that your neighbours will appreciate. If you’re considering adding a perimeter around your property, contact us today. We’ll work with you to design the fence that best suits your needs.
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